With proper wrist action and pratice you can make a factory shifter shift pretty darned quick.
I don't know how consistant it would be in a competition enviroment, where times are measured to the 0.001 second, but now that I'm thinking about it, do you actually manually shift an auto in a race? Sorry for my cluelessness here, I preferr manual transmissions.
Why I'm 'contributing' to this thread is this: I'm curious to know how many different floor shifters Ford installed in their cars? I know Ford used the same part in many applications for invintory and cost conciderations.
Years ago when I scattered my crappy )(^%! RAD transmission for the last time I installed a C4 (I have since installed a RUG). For the life of me I can't remember if I installed a shifter from a Pinto/II, a shifter from a '73 Mach, a '71 Grande, or one from a '67 Cougar. But it did drop right in like it belonged there.
They all looked pretty much the same to me, least from the top.
If someone can answer this question they will be helping 662+2 with parts aquisition, and helping me clear out some of the Cob Webs.
Well, Ok, it's not all that alturistic, I'm going to install a AOD in the '78, these days RUGs are a wee bit too expensive to be sticking in all my cars.